Author Archives: Saul Kaplan

The #BIF9 Summit Preview

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"#BIF9 carries a sense of homecoming, a reunion of sorts. The kind where all the crazy aunts and uncles gather, regaling us with tales of adventure and awe. Perhaps the family reunion metaphor is accurate; I believe that innovators are cut from the same DNA. We are insatiable optimists and see opportunity in everything.

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Lara Lee #BIF8 Summit: Digging for the Future

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Lee speaks Mandarin, rides a Harley, and has three Ivy League degrees. But, that’s not the only reason for why she is one of BIF’s most memorable Summit storytellers. As SVP, customer experience design for Lowe's, Lee refuses to rely on superficial readings of big data, focus groups or piles of market research to reposition her clients. Instead, she dives into the basic human motivations that drive behavior.

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Whitney Johnson #BIF7 Summit: Strong Sequel for Real Working Girl

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Whitney Johnson dared to disrupt herself when she began her Wall Street career as a secretary, eventually rising to become an Institutional Investor-ranked sell-side equity analyst and now Co-Founder of Clayton Christensen’s investment firm Rose Park Advisors’ Disruptive Innovation Fund. She took the #BIF7 Summit stage with one question: are you ready to disrupt yourself? Watch her story and follow the inspiration at the #BIF9 Summit.

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Teny Gross #BIF8 Summit: The Importance of Being Civilized

We are kicking of this BIF curated series with a video of #BIF8 Summit storyteller and Executive Director of the Institute for the Study and Practice of Nonviolence, Teny Gross. As a crusader for nonviolence, Teny and his streetworkers are igniting peace in urban Providence. Never shying away from the hard truths about the violence epidemic worldwide, Teny inspires hope while pulling on your heartstrings.

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